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Harvard Kennedy School Wharton MBA Dual Degree Program

Harvard Kennedy School Wharton MBA Dual Degree Program

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  1. Harvard Kennedy School Wharton MBA Dual Degree Program

  2. AGENDA • About HKS • Dual Degree Program Overview • Admission Criteria and Process • Career Options • Q & A

  3. THE HARVARD KENNEDY SCHOOL AVERAGE CLASS PROFILE, PAST 5 YEARS

  4. HKS / WHARTON DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM BACKGROUND • Started as an initiative of a Wharton student in 2007 • 2008-2009: 14 students • 2009-2010: 27 students • Currently: ~ 45 students • HKS/Wharton Clubs were formed at both campuses last year • Strong interest on both sides from prospective students • There are currently students from three HKS degree programs • MPP • MPA • MPA/ID

  5. HKS / WHARTON DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM OVERVIEW • Total Completion Time: 3 years • Wharton and HKS each require 3 semesters of residency • Current HKS students must spend full first year at Wharton for the MBA core curriculum (next year). • MBA Degree at Wharton • MPP, MPA, or MPA/ID Degree Harvard Kennedy School • Apply before or during first year at Wharton • Two possible schedules for current Wharton students:

  6. MASTER OF PUBLIC POLICY (MPP) • Largest program at HKS: ~ 300 students • Core curriculum • Possibility to waive certain core courses • Policy analysis exercise (PAE) • Average work experience ~ 3 years

  7. MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (MPA) • ~ 80 students (most are joint degree students or students with a previous master’s degree) • Flexible curriculum – almost all elective courses • International student body (56%) • Work experience – minimum 3 years at time of application

  8. MASTER OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION/ INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (MPA/ID) • ~65 students (72% international, many joint degrees) • Highly quantitative program with rigorous economics-based core curriculum (admissions prerequisites in economics and multivariate calculus) • 2nd Year Policy Analysis Paper • Work Experience: strongly recommended

  9. HKS ADMISSIONS CRITERIA • Application requirements: • Background information • Application essays (including one policy analysis paper) • Transcripts • Three letters of recommendation • GMAT or GRE • TOEFL (for those who did not do their undergraduate degree in English) • Resume • Make sure you explain why you want a dual degree • Application Dates • Apply: December 3, 2010 • Hear: Late March/Early April

  10. DUAL DEGREE CAREER OPTIONS • Global Intergovernmental Organizations • World Bank, IFC, EBRD, UN, etc. • Microfinance and International Development Organizations • Global Management Consulting Practices • Sovereign Wealth Funds and Global Private Equity Firms • Public Finance Divisions of Financial Institutions • Multinational Corporations • Government Organizations and NGOs • There are no limits…

  11. RESOURCES • At Wharton - Naomi Tschoegl, MBA Program Office tschoegn@wharton.upenn.edu • At Harvard Kennedy School - Judy Kugel, Associate Dean of Students judy_kugel@harvard.edu • Current Wharton/HKS students Joseph Lai (MPA) – joselai@wharton.upenn.edu Stacey Tsai (MPA) – tsaista@wharton.upenn.edu Essie Yamoah (MPA/ID) – eyamoah@wharton.upenn.edu Daniel Kahn (MPP) – dankahn@wharton.upenn.edu • HKS website: www.hks.harvard.edu